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Old 12-06-2008, 01:40 PM   #1
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Is all green bad?

pH 8.0, ammonia 0, phosphates 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 5-10 range, specific gravity 1.026, temp 78 F

I'm about 3 weeks in now. Have live sand, lots of base rock, and a few large live rock from LFS. Chaeto and live sand in sump which is opposite light cycled.

Tank has high output flourescents with 2 150 W MH.

I just noticed a trace of green building up on one of the base rock and up one of the corners of the tank on the glass.

Is all green bad? At this point, it is just color and doesn't show hairs or anything, but a few weeks down the road who knows?

FWIW I have a cleanup crew (Total reef care special #1), shaving brush, and a few feather dusters on the way.
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I would cut down on your lighting. There`s nothing in the tank right?
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Correct, nothing in the tank other than whatever rode in on the LR. And the LR was straight from LFS tank to mine within about 1 hour.
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Again, is all green bad?
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It really depends on what you are talking about. if you are talking green coralline then no it is not bad. If you are talking green micro algeas then yes most are considered nuisance algeas. If you are talking about macro algeas then no because they help to get rid of excessive nutrients that cause nuisance algea. You are asking a very broad question and not specific enough. I hope I answered it enough for you. That was the reason I asked if anything is in the tank as you can leave the lights off and reduce any nuisance algea you may have or reduce the risk of starting it so soon.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:22 PM   #6
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Less worried than curious about what stage of the game I'm in at this moment. I didn't really want to end up with green hair algae before I really even got started. If corraline has a green stage, then I'll just assume the best and wait for the next step.

The base rock I put in was pristine white and now a lot of it is starting to brown up. I'm assuming that's normal and not such a bad thing. It's starting to become more like the live rock from the LFS.
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By the way, the photos show 1. White rock with new green spot (just next to the cured rock), and 2. Green showing on the silicone seam of the tank.
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No, algae in general is not bad and is just a part of life as it is in the ocean. It can be a nuisance if allowed to overun a system and inhibit other invertebrate growth.
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Are you adding any calciuim addidtives? Also the PH seems to be a little low? DO you have any red or pink corraline in the tank to start with. SOmetimes seeding it with a rock with it on it helps, I recall back when I started mine I took a tooth brush infront of a power head and it really started growing everywhere.
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What size tank and what kind of flow do you have in there?
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